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I'm going to be travelling a lot and am looking for suggestions on a good, affordable ultraportable netbook. Battery life is important, and I'd like a decent HD size to handle my music collection. Don't care about gaming or anything like that for this particular computer - web browsing, video playback, and music playback are likely going to be the extent of usage.

The Asus EEE series I've heard good things about, but you guys are the pros so thought I'd post here and see what you guys suggest. Also, not opposed to buying a refurbished one seeing as it'll likely get beat up during travels.

Thanks.
Edited by QNine - 12/20/10 at 8:19am
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Macbook Air 11".
SSD, Amazing battery life, Aluminum finish. But $$$ pricey.
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Macbook Air 11".
SSD, Amazing battery life, Aluminum finish. But $$$ pricey.
Yea, heard good things about that but way too $$$. Again, this is for travelling, likely via backpacking, bicycling, hitch-hiking, etc. It's going to probably take a beating. Don't want to be totally pissed off if it breaks or gets lost. At that price, I would be

Besides, MusicBee is the best music player ever and it doesn't work on Mac
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I would say a EeePC from ASUS.
I have heard they get pretty good battery life.
I own a HP Mini 110. I get like 2 hrs out of it... Horrible.
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I would say a EeePC from ASUS.
I have heard they get pretty good battery life.
I own a HP Mini 110. I get like 2 hrs out of it... Horrible.
Had the same problem with my ASUS 1201N, wound up selling it and getting an ultra portable notebook - 13.3" ASUS UL30A which aside from not having the ION chipset trounces the netbook in every way.
Plenty of battery life (get about 8hrs), plays my hd movies just fine, and it's pretty sleek too.

Perhaps its a tad bigger than you're looking for (didn't notice much difference TBH coming form a 12.1" netbook - it's actually thinner than the 1201N was as well)
However, if the netbooks you're looking at are in the $500 range, you might want to spend a bit more and go for something like that...was much happier after I did.
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Had the same problem with my ASUS 1201N, wound up selling it and getting an ultra portable notebook - 13.3" ASUS UL30A which aside from not having the ION chipset trounces the netbook in every way.
Plenty of battery life (get about 8hrs), plays my hd movies just fine, and it's pretty sleek too.

Perhaps its a tad bigger than you're looking for (didn't notice much difference TBH coming form a 12.1" netbook - it's actually thinner than the 1201N was as well)
However, if the netbooks you're looking at are in the $500 range, you might want to spend a bit more and go for something like that...was much happier after I did.
I was actually looking at getting a UL30A myself because of the great battery life. The processor is pretty good. Not to mention they make one with dedicated graphics. But I think that's the UL80.

Netbooks are really a waste... I hate to say it. But the Macbook Air 11" really changes the way you look at netbooks though... Even though 11" isn't considered netbook.
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LOL at the Mac love. I guess they haven't dealt with the slowdowns, overheats, and other problems. Granted the second generation did have less problems but they're still there. Just thought I'd remind people that no business and no product is free of problems.

Also, if you know what it's good for and know the limits then a netbook is not a waste. I'm really tired of people going on about this ignorant crap (not calling anyone specifically just this mindset). I can tell you that windows will make or break your enjoyment on a netbook. And yes, 11 inches is the largest size considered a netbook.

OP: The Asus UL series and the Acer Aspire Timeline and TimelineX might be things to consider if you can afford it. Both are far less expensive than the mac idea.
Now, if you're looking at a netbook the only real problems for it are video playback. I can do music, office programs, and web browsing fine (even in windows). If you aren't willing to watch videos on youtube then you may want to look for something with the ION or AMD gpus as the Atom alone does struggle a bit even with non-HD videos. For 420 you can snag this nice machine:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220851
It should have no problems doing video playback. If I was going to get one...that would be the netbook I'd choose.
     
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